Regionally Extinct (2006 Red List) but rediscovered in 2012
- Medium-large sized solitary species (12-14mm)
- Spring flight period
- Thorax and abdomen with distinctive bright red-orange hairs
- Males smaller than females and less distinctive
Two known records from Ireland in the 1920's and thought to be extinct until 2012 when it was rediscovered in two locations. Recent records appear to be associated with gardens.
Ground nesting (rich soil)
Polylectic - Acer, Ilex, Berberis, Brassica, Buxus, Viburnum, Quercus , Ribes, Ranunculus, Crataegus, Prunus, Cotoneaster, Amelanchier, Salix
Western Europe, eastwards to the Balkans
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists
Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.